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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are invited Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell and stage and screen star Edward Herrmann as guest performers for their annual Christmas Concert. We were fortunate to get tickets from the Quiner family. The Conference Center at Salt Lake Temple Square was filled with guests with all over the country to watch this annual event. It was the first time for Masami to hear Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing live. The performances were stunning.

President Monson and President Uchtdorf also came to see the performance. After the concert, we made short visit to the temple square to contemplate the Christmas Season. Thanks for Quiner family for the wonderful time! To see the photo album, go to "Endless Journey" section on our website, or click here.

Thanksgiving in Ogden

Knowles family who baptized my wife's family invited us to the Thanksgiving dinner. We drove to the countryside of Ogden Utah. Too see the photo album, go to "Endless Journey" in our website, or click here. We also found that house that David O. Mackay lived was in the neighborhood so we paid the visit to the house (house on the left)

Japanese Ward Halloween Party

We had a Halloween party for the Japanese ward. Some dresses were really fun. To see the full photo album, go to "Endless Journey" section of our website, or click here.

Party for Statistics Graduate Students: October 2008

The Department of Statistics at BYU organized a pizza & rock bank party for the graduate students and the graduate faculties. To see the full photo album, go to "Endless Journey" section of our website, or click here.

General Conference October 2008

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, two General Conferences are broadcated with satellite transmittion to many countries in the world for conducting general church business and instruction. Masami and I attended the first session of the four, the Saturday morning session. President Monson and many others spoke about how we can live more Christ-like lives.

It was my wife's first time to see the General Conference live. She was excited to go and we were blessed to attend the session where President Monson spoke. She was deeply touched. To see the photo album, go to "Endless Journey" section of our website, or click here.

My wife and her new life

My wife is starting to get used to the new life in Provo. She attends English class every Tuesday night. We go to the temple hen the time permits. The Stats Grad program is really intense. They expect us to work 20 hours doing teaching/research plus 55 hrs a week doing HW or studying outside of the class. It's difficult for us to find time to be together. Sunday is really when I can relax and sleep in.

Well, the purpose of this blog was not to brag that I am a busy guy all the days of my life. So here are some things we did lately. We invited my friend ho just returned from her mission in Greece. We made curry and chocolate fondue. She brought with her Japanese friend so Masami could talk as well.

We also went to the Wymount social last week. What we really went for was the free food; hot dogs, ice cones, sugar canes, cookies, etc. The social was mainly for the kids in the family housing so we didnt expect much exciting.

Oh yeah my wife is really into cooking. She not only cooks dinner, she cooks my breakfast and lunch everyday. Sometimes I feel guity for making her do everything for me. She really likes to bake though. Last time I blogged, I posted a picture of breads she made. She's really into it; and they're really good.

She also likes crafting which makes our home more entertaining. I feel blessed with be with her. Things around my house is brighter. I'm trying my best to do my part. That's why I always maximize the amount of time I spend with her. Recently we enjoy walking together to random places.

We are happy here. A quiet peace before the Stats Storm hits in 3 or 4 weeks later.

Some of you may very well know, I've been doing semi-blog, semi-opinion page as part of my website. I intensionally chose not to use the blog provider such as blogger.com on purpose because I wanted to customize my blog design to my preference. But recently I found out that I could code my blog templates with HTML so I've implemented blogger.com into my website.

I think it's good time for me to update on my life. I got married on May 17 2008 in Japan. My wife, Masami was actually the first person to go on the date with me after I finished my mission in Idaho. Our relationships were always long distance but we are glad that we are finally together.

After we were married we were split up for 8 weeks because I had to return to Utah to continue with my school and Masami had to stay in Japan longer to finish her full-time job. It has been 3 weeks since Masami got to Provo. The orientation for the Stats Graduate PRogram started last week; reviewing the stats theory and methods class and doing the homework from 8am-5pm. Nice educational calithnetics before the program starts in September.

Masami is slowly getting used to her new lifestyle. It's not her first time to visit in America, but she has never here and she's not fluent in English so things aren't easy for her. I'm trying what I can to help her. Perhaps this is also a good time to introduce my wife those who have not met my wife.

Masami was born in Kumamoto Japan. Her family was converted as LDS when she was 5 yrs old. She went to law school and practiced law for couple of years and then she served 18 months mission in Kobe Mission in Japan. She then found a new job to do a Public Relation for a company that promote Aloe Vera products. She and I met each other when I finished my mission in Idaho. We didnt date until September 2007 when she came to visit Utah for a vacation. We were engaged on Christmas Day, December 25th 2007.

Masami enjoys cooking. She also took voice lessons from Opera singer. She likes to sow, and she loves to watch Korean movies.

And so my life is a bliss. I'm a little nervous to start my graduate school but it'll be a fine experience. I'm excited that I don't have to take the Experimental Design class and take Nonparametric class instead, because I heard the textbook and the teacher really sucks for Experimental Design class.


-God and Angels in the midst of our fiery crucible of life's experiences.

The true disciples today maintain faith the revealing, loving God, in His atoning Son Jesus Christ, in the latter-day Restoration with its empowering visitations, its prophets and apostles and its plain and “precious scriptures”(1). As the Restored Church comes “out of obscurity,” our stern challenges are disclosing further the distinctiveness of the Church(2). And matching our behavior more closely with our beliefs brings relentless reminders about the ongoing duties of discipleship.

The imperfect people like you and me often would like to know the “why” when we face difficult trials and unfortunate events. The overarching questions asked by the bereaved and the burdened is simply this: “Why? Why are we struggling with this misfortune, when others relate miraculous experiences?” These are natural questions, understandable questions. But what we often forget is that mortality was intended, in a manner of speaking, as the season of unanswered questions. Mortality has a different, more narrowly defined purposes. Alma taught that our mortality is a proving ground, a probationary state and a time to prepare to meet God(3). The mortal calisthenics are designed to increase our capacity for happiness and our ability to trust in the Lord’s promise that “all things must come to pass in their time”(4).

It is through nurturing humility and submissiveness that we may comprehend a fullness of the life’s purposes. These attributes become our personal expression of willingness to let the “why” questions go unanswered for now, or perhaps to even ask “why not?”

God in the midst of our vexing moments
Granted, we often are led to think that God we are left alone in the fiery crucible of life’s experiences, and that God has, for some reason, forsaken us. This is not so. Not only we are taught that the Lord will not tempt us above that we are able,(5) we know we can have the divine intervention from the Lord. The three Hebrew magistrates, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, were confronted to worship the idol god. They knew that God could rescue them from the fiery furnace, “but if not,” they said to the king, “we [still] will not serve thy gods”(6). Significantly, not three but four men were seen in the midst of the flames, and “the form of the fourth [was] like the Son of God”(7).

Fourth men was found in the fiery furnace.

The scriptures reassures us that we can “look unto God… and he will console [us] in [our] afflictions”(8). We can be “supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea,… he will still deliver [us]”(9). For the Lord has promised “I will be in your midst”(10). We often hear of latter-day Saints share experience of feeling the presence of the Lord when they are faced with the turbulent times. The Lord always prepares a way for our deliverance in all things out of temptations because he loves us(11).

Furthermore, God gives us priceless personal reassurance from the Holy Ghost. Whether in tranquil or turbulent times, our best source of comfort is the Comforter(12). Moreover, not only we can have the members of the Godhead on our side, the angels can also become the consoling presence: “there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up”(13). When Joseph Smith dedicated the Kirtland Temple, he included in the prayer that the angels will have charge over the missionaries(14). “The Lord is here with us,” said President Brigham Young, “not in person, but his angels are round us, and he takes cognizance of every act of the children of men, as individuals and as nations. He is here ready by his agents, the angels, and by the power of his Holy Spirit and Priesthood… to bring most perfect and absolute deliverance unto all who put their trust in Him”(15). So the promises are sure. Our part is to show our faith. Mormon called it having a “firm mind in every form of godliness”(16). The scriptures are full of instances when there was a divine intervention from the presences in the infinite realm. Several examples of these will suffice.

Abraham, who was called the “Father of the Faithful”(17), had two occasions when we received divine interventions: one from when he was about to be sacrificed to “the idolatrous priest of Elkenah” and was intercepted by “the angel of the Lord”(18). The other occasion when was about to sacrifice Isaac on the mount.(19) Joshua and Gideon were encouraged by the angel to accomplish their daunting tasks(20). John the Revelator, Moses and Nephi were taught by the Spirit and the Lord(21). Stephen the Apostle, in his dying breaths, saw God the Father and the Son(22). Peter, James and John received magnificent vision on the mount of Transfiguration and “the Savior, Moses, and Elias, gave the keys to Peter, James and John, on the mount, when they were transfigured before him”(23). A 14-year old Joseph Smith was rescued by the Father and the Son when he “was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame [him](24).

We can be troubled on every side, but nothing can really separate us from the love of Christ(25). We can and should cast our cares upon the Lord, because He surely cares for us!(26)

Unlike the experience of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we may not see the Lord’s presence on the darkest hour of our lives. Some may be tempted to complain to the Lord while chafing under our burdens. We must avoid this temptation to condemn the Lord. The Lord asked Job “Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?”(27) Such attitudes does not reflect the true form of faith. Anciently, three young women of Onitah, the direct royal descent of the loins of Ham, were offered up as the sacrifice because they defended their chastity. They said no with their lives(28). We have to realize we may not always receive God’s intervention. Too often we offer our prayer and then wait nervously to see whether our request will be granted, as though approval would provide needed evidence of His existence. That is not faith! Faith is, quite simply, a confidence in the Lord. The faith in the Lord is the premise, not the conclusion. We know He lives; therefore, we trust Him to bless us according to his divine will and wisdom. This childlike confidence in the Lord is known in scripture simply as the “sacrifice” of “a broken heart and contrite spirit”(29). Besides, unless we are filled with resolve, what will we say to the heroes and heroines of Martin’s Cove and the Sweetwater? That “we admire you, but we are reluctant to wade through our own rivers of chilling adversity”?

Jesus was alone
Moreover, criticizing against the Lord over this issue may make us forget the true meaning of become a true disciples of Jesus Christ. Consider this, when the hour of Atonement had come, he had to face it alone. All by himself! At “about the ninth hour [on the cross] Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”(30) The Savior faced the darkest hour of his life without the accompaniment of His Father. As a resurrected being we recounted His Atonement: “how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not… [The] suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink”(31). While bearing our sins, our sickness and our infirmities, Jesus became the Lord of the strait and narrow path. How strait and narrow minded are to complain that we are going through our trials all by ourselves!

Our suffering, His suffering
Paul said that in the mutual suffering and shared sorrow, we may enter “the fellowship of his sufferings” enough to become joint-heirs with Him(32). Let us, therefore, be like the young man with Elisha on the mount. At first intimidated by the surrounding enemy chariots, the young man’s eyes were mercifully opened, and he saw “horses and chariots of fire,” verifying “they that be with us are more than they that be with them”(33). The spiritual arithmetic has not changed! After all, Paul assured us that if we “suffer with [Christ],” and endure to the end, “the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”(34).

Though living in a time of commotion, we can stand in holy places and not be moved(35). Our discipleship need not be dried out by discouragement. May we emulate the faith of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and embrace the fullness of the life's purposes. And thus become smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty(36). In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

1. 1 Ne. 13:29.
2. D&C 1:30.
3. Alma 12:24; 42:4-13; see also Abr. 3:24-25; 2 Ne. 31:15-16.
4. D&C 64:32.
5. See 1 Cor. 10:13; see also D&C 64:20.
6. Dan 3:16-18.
7. See Dan. 3:25.
8. Jacob 3:1.
9. Alma 36:3,27.
10. D&C 49:27.
11. D&C 95:1.
12. See John 14:26; D&C 36:2.
13. D&C 88:84.
14. D&C 109:22.
15. In Journal of Discourses, 11:14.
16. Moro.7:30.
17. “Abraham—Father of Abraham”, Old Testament Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel, p.66
18. Facsimile no.1.
19. See Genesis 47.
20. See Joshua 5:13-14; Judg. 6:11.
21. See Rev. 1:10; 1 Ne. 11:1-2; Moses1:1; Exo.3:2; see JST Exo.3:2.
22. See Acts 7:55-56.
23. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith (1976, 1983)., 54-55.
24. See JS-History 1:15-17.
25. 2 Cor. 4:8; Rom. 8:35-39.
26. 1 Pet. 5:7.
27. Job 40:8.
28. See Abr. 1:11.
29. D&C 59:8.
30. Matthrew 27:46; Mark 15:34.
31. D&C 19:15,18.
32. Phillip. 3:10.
33. 2 Kgs. 6:17, 16,
34. Rom. 8:17-18.
35. See D&C 45:32; D&C 87:8.
36. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 304; see also Isaiah 49:2; 1 Ne. 21:2.

Dec 23 2007... I was really excited to be on the plane from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. All I had to do was to change my flight at LA airport to Tokyo Japan. I was going to ask my girlfriend to marry me; pop the question; propose; whatever you want to call it. Wouldn't that make you anxious?

Anyway, I got off the plane expecting things to go smoothly. But when I got to LA, something went wrong. I missed my flight. Well, to explain how I missed the flight, posing few questions to LA airport will suffice. 1. Why do I have to get my luggage and check-in again if I am traveling with same airline? 2. Why are there boareds with flight schedules? 3. How come there is no map of the terminal and no security guards or nobody seem to know where all te terminals are?

Anyway I was devastated. I was told to wait till next day to see if there is an opening. I was told to get an hotel room. The airline company is not paying for it. Apparently it was "MY FAULT" that I missed the flight. Freak. I get to the hotel. Still devastated. I call my brother in Michigan. I told him call my parents and tell my girlfriend I won't be back on the day I promised her... and may be never come back for the Christmas.

An hour after I called my brother, my girlfriend calls. I told her I was sorry. She told me not worry about it and told me to get some rest. I went out to have lunch; Jack in the Box--hearty enough to get my mind of things. I turned on the TV in the hotel room and I was eating my burger. It barely started showing DIE HARD... the movie. I had never seen it. I heard so many things about it and I needed something to get my mind of stupid airlines and LA airport.

the movie was intense enough get my mind of things.

DIE HARD... GREAT MOVIE. I mean I almost pissed my pants. Is that weird? I meam why did I miss out on this great movie. I should have been a fan of it 10 years ago! okay okay... pipe down now. I know I had not seen any movie in 8 months and I may have lost my immunity to the litttle action movie but I really thought it was a great movie. It really got my mind of things for me....

So DIE HARD... helped me in the time of crisis.

Why mention this incident that happened 5 months ago?

Well, weird thing is happening. I'm going home to get married to the same girl I had proposed 5 months ago. I had not missed my flights (yet?) and I am not staying in the hotel waiting for the flight. But here I am watching DIE HARD.... 2! (more precisely, DIE HARD: WITH VEANGENCE) Can understand what may be going through my mind??

Anyway, I had not missed my flight. DIE HARD 2 is a great movie too! Now I want to watch the third one. But I sense this presentiment and I have no idea whats up.

Goodness Gracious Me

The British TV show, "Goodness Gracious Me," has a one liner sketch where the guy says rude thing to the woman at the restaurant. The woman always leaves the restaurant and the guy says "Cheque please." It was a big hit back in High School. So here are somethings you shouldn't say when you are on the date. (Or here's something you could say if you must must must must finish your date immediately... I encourage you not to tho). Why post these? well, just for a fun. Enjoy. oh and check out "Goodness Gracious Me" on youtube. They're hilarious.

Man: Er... why don't we skip desert and get out of here?
Woman: Why? what do you have in mind?
Man: Nothing. It's just that you are already fat, innit??

Man: So you must all be models, right?
Women: hahaha... What makes you say that?
Man: Well, it's because you are all thick, innit??
(thick=british slang for dumb, stupid)

Waiter: A rose for the woman you love?
Man: oh thats a good idea!
(woman smiles)
Man: Because I'll be back here after I drop you off, innit??

(waiter brings the menu)
Man: hey, I could see you like the seafood. Am I right?
Woman: Yes how did you know?
Man: I could tell as soon as I picked you up.
(woman smiles)
Woman: how?
Man: because you smell of fish, innit??

Man: It's appauling. Women shouldn't be pressured to be thin and do their hair and have the right nose and that.
Woman: Oh, gosh! Absolutely. I agree!
Man: See that's one of the great thing about you!!
(Woman smiles)
Man: You make no effort at all!!

Man: Even though we've just met, I feel I already know many things about you.
Woman: (chuckles) why do you think that is?
Man: Because I've been watching you through telescopes for months, innit??

Man: Your parents must be really beautiful people.
Woman: Ah, thank you.
Man: because it often skips a generation, innit??

Man: It's not like India. It's like, in this country when you get old, they lock them up and exclude them from society. I don't agree with that... That's why I'm with you, innit??

(Man returns from the bathroom)
Man: Allow me.
(Man help the woman take her last bite of food)
Woman: hmm... thank you. You are back. You were gone for ages. I thought you ran off with another woman.
Man: That's because I was having a d**p (#2), innit??


Here's another song I picked up out of my iTune: "DAHLIA" by X JAPAN, released back in November 1996. This song is recorded is in the album called, DAHLIA, the same name as the song. This song DAHLIA changed how I viewed music; I can guarantee you that it can change your music perception. They even later released a single just for this song. It was that phenomenal.

Album "DAHLIA"

As you may have guessed from the band name, X JAPAN used to have some swear words but they had become more conservative due to increased variety of ages of their fans. However, X JAPAN continues to write music that are amazing in term of the music composition. They also write ballad songs that are truly soothing. When I first listened to “DAHLIA”, I had no idea the music could be so amazing.

I hate to say “DAHLIA” is a rock music because the phrase “rock” doesn’t capture the speed of the music. But I also hate to call “DAHLIA” a heavy metal or hard rock because these phrases give notation that the song has lots of screaming and meaningless sounds. “DAHLIA” is truly an art. I can listen to it all day and never get tired of it. "DAHLIA" is not normal: it's fast, complex and rocks you. Actually, this song is THE reason why I started playing drums. The drum lines are incredible.

Typical live at Tokyo Dome: more than 50,000 fans.

Unfortunately, iTune does not sell any songs by X JAPAN (ironic because many of the band members, especially Yoshiki, has composed many classical music and produced many songs for American bands and musicians). But if you happened to run in the ALBUM “DAHLIA” or the Single “DAHLIA” I suggest you give it a try. I highly recommend it.

X JAPAN ARE: TOSHI, HEATH, PATA, HIDE and YOSHIKINote: X Japan is a Japanese band founded in 1982. The band is led by the amazing leader, Yoshiki. Yoshiki plays drums and piano, but he has also produced several songs in which he played all the instruments: guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. He has also produced some orchestra pieces. Toshi, the vocalist, Hide, the lead guitarist, Pata, the rhythm guitarist, and heath, the bassist, are all well known as solo-artists. They started out as a power/speed metal band and later gravitated towards a progressive sound, at all times retaining an emphasis on ballads. X Japan disbanded in 1997. On June 4, 2007 it was announced the band would reunite with a new song released via digital download in January 2008 and live performances scheduled for March and May.


The question that "springs to my mind" immediately is how do phrases like "Thinking out of the box" come about? What's thinking outside the box got to do with creativity? What box? Who put us into one? Is the box square, triangular or round? I certainly don't have the answer.

Lets do a quick "brain dump" and lets see how many common business clichés we can come up with, and perhaps some of you can "fill in the gaps":

1. At the end of the day . . .(it's when I go to sleep)
2. it's not rocket science (then what is it? computer science?)
3. ballpark figures (would that be baseball or football park figures?)
4. touch base (I’d rather play basketball)
5. 24/7 (that's 3.4285714285714285714285714285714 or 168?)
6. Taking it to the next level (Are we playing games?)
7. socializing the idea (I rather socialize with real people)
8. caught between a rock and a hard place (a rock is a hard place!)
9. singing from the same hymn book (now are we good Christians?)
10. at this moment in time (what happen if there is a time warp?)
11. moving the goal-posts (obviously you haven't seen AFL)
12. the fact of the matter is... (a matter contains an atom, electrons, neutrons and protons)
13. put all in one basket(are we off to the market now?)
14. the bottom line (is where we put our footer information like the page number)
15. blue-sky figures (are there red, orange, purple, silver skies figures too?)
16. a problem raises its ugly head (are we dealing with an ogre now?)

… and there are many more. I just can't think anymore at the moment because I am working with "limited capacity". Too jaded "at the close of business" day to make my brain work "effectively, efficiently and productively".

The fact of the matter is that at the end of the day there is nothing, like, value-added about using cliches 24/7 -- with all due respect, it's not just awesome, but it is at the moment in time, a fad, a fashion statement. The bottom line is that utilizing and socializing with these mumbo-jumbo terms in our daily business dealings is like making you intelligent or something, and making you sound like you know what you are talking about.

I bet that you will be able to "dig out a few more" good ones too. Remember, just think outside the box! You can always try some "brain storming"!

Why I'm not excited

With the passing of the Godron B. Hinckley, last President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the mormon church), the Church picked new President of the Church and the new Councilors. The new President is Thomas S. Monson from Utah, and his counselors are Henry B. Erying from New Jersey and Dieter F. Uchtdorf from Germany. The Church will be announcing the new member of the Twelve Apostles soon.

I must warn in the outset that the Church itself doesn't actually pick these people to the position. All the authorities and the leaders of the Church are chosen by Revelation. The mormons usually use the phrase "God called these people" implying that God had his special reason to pick people as leaders of the Chuch to accomplish his divine purpose.

Now, with the calling ("calling" refers to the giving of the position or the responsilibities of the Church to a person) of the new Church Presidencies, many members voiced their excitement, especially about the fact that Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a German member, became the new member of the Presidency. This is the first time in the history of the Church when somebody who is not American was to be called as a member of the Presidency. This was a historical event. So you can see why so many members, especially German mormons got really excited.

Somebody asked me today "Aren't you excited for the new Presidency?"

My answer is "NO."

My friend thought that I was really excited but for some ODD reason, I'm trying to keep my calm and trying to be cool about it. I let him be and think whatever about it. I let him think "hmmm TOMO is a weird person." As a matter of a fact, I really don't care how he thinks.

BUT, But, But, WHY NOT TOMO?? why aren't you excited???

oh, the cry of my fans... (<--- perhaps I am ODD)

MAKE NO MISTAKE... Although I'm not excited about it, I DO CARE. There is a clear distinction between saying "I'm excited" and "I care." Actually, there is a BIG difference. Please allow me to explain.

First of all, we (the mormon) do not aspire for the leadership. Aspiring for the leadership, I believe, is another form of pride and is dangerous to us spiritually. Of course, we aspire to be a "GOOD" leader once we have the responsiblility, meaning we do our best of our ability to fulfull our responsibilities.

If I say "I'm excited that German mormon had become a member of the First Presidency", it gives a wrong impression. It sounds like position is all it matters in the Church.

We believe that God calls people to lead people. We believe that new members of the Presidency to be the Prophet, Seer and the Revelators. They are to be the watchmen on the tower. Because the watchmen on the tower can see afar off, they can warn us of danger. So it is us with the Prophets, Seers and Revelators. They receive revelation from God about the spiritual danger and they warn and give us the right way to avoid the danger.

I'm not excited about the calling of the new Presidency. I simply "care" because it is my personal outward expression of my determination to pledge my life and my obedience to accomplish Lord's purpose. I recognize them as new Prophet, Seer and Revelator... NOTHING ELSE. I'll watch for their warning. I'll listen to what they tell us. And I have recommited myself to follow the Prophet of the Lord. My attitude is not an mere excitement; it is a attitude of serious commitment hammered to the essential things of life.

That's just the way I am. I certainly don't react to things excitingly. I suppose myself to be very reserved when it comes to reactions. Somebody who interviewed me once told me I am like that because I've travelled so much and seen so much that it's hard for you to be excited or be suprised. And I think he is right. I've seen so much.

So there you have it. I hope that clarifies few things for some of you.

Five's "Invincible"

The one of the British CD I had bought was the Five's "Invincible" album. Okay, yeah they are UK pop band just like the backstreet boys. But for a teenager like me almost 10 years ago, it was a big hit. Plus it's a catchy.

I remember very vividly when I heard this song for the first time, Oli Hager was dancing to it in the common room in the Wargrave Boarding house in UK. I thought it was prettty cool however, I had totally forgot about the song until I was visiting London with my brother Kiyo and found the CD in one of the retail stores in Leicester Square (cool place for young people to hang out). It was on sale for flipping 4.99 GBP (equivalent of US$10--what, still expensive? well, that's pretty cheap for England. Get some culture?) So I bought it. They best song on the CD, of course, was "Keep on Movin."

Five (originally spelled 5ive) are a British boy band that was put together in early 1997 by the same team who formed the Spice Girls. They enjoyed fair success worldwide, but particularly in the UK, parts of Europe, Russia, parts of Asia, Brazil, Israel and Australia. They disbanded on September 27, 2001, after selling close to 20 million records, and having 11 top ten singles and 4 top ten albums in the UK. Four of the five original members briefly reformed the group on September 27, 2006, but only 7 months after announcing a comeback, Five made an announcement via their official website they would again disband.

"Keep On Movin'" was the second single from this British Boyband Five's second album Invincible. Released in late 1999, the song became the first number one in the United Kingdom for the group.